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Brian Kristopher Jones

Brian Kristopher Jones

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Business, Tax

About Me

Brian K. Jones left his own firm in 2012 to join Harrison & Held, LLP as a Partner and to Co-Chair (with his father, Jerry) the firm’s family office practice.  His practice is centered on estate planning and administration, but includes business succession planning and real estate transactions.  He was recently recognized by Super Lawyer magazine as an Illinois Rising Star.  Brian is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he currently serves on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee as a Director.  His oversight includes the Estate Planning Committee and the Wills For Heroes Foundation. 


 


Brian is also a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, the Lawyers Club of Chicago, the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.  He is actively involved with the Wills For Heroes Foundation – which provides free estate plans to first responders every month during the “Bar year” – and volunteers his time with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois.  He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and remains closely involved with the organization.   


 


Brian received his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University in 2000.  He was a four year letterman in football, a member of the Dean’s List, and was recognized as a Merit Scholar Athlete in 1999 and 2000.  He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2006, where he was a member of the Dean’s List.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Estate Planning: 48%
    9 years
  2. Trusts: 42%
    9 years
  3. Tax: 5%
    9 years
  4. Business: 5%
    9 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($400/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Kimberly Jo Anderson

    I endorse this lawyer. Hard working and honest, Brian knows how to get the job done.

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    Kimberly Anderson Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

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    Jennifer Kiss
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Illinois Super Lawyers (Rising Stars)Law & Politics Magazine2015
Five Star Professional - Estate PlannerFive Star Professional2014
Maurice Weigle Exceptional Young Lawyer AwardChicago Bar Foundation2014
Illinois Super Lawyers (Rising Stars)Law & Politics Magazine2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Illinois Super Lawyers (Rising Stars)Law & Politics Magazine2012
Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project LeadershipChicago Bar Association2011
Illinois Super Lawyers (Rising Stars)Law & Politics Magazine2011
Dean's ListThe John Marshall Law School2006
Dean's ListThe John Marshall Law School2005
Academic Competition ExamThe John Marshall Law School2005
Dean's ListEastern Illinois University2000
Dean's ListEastern Illinois University1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerHarrison & Held, LLP2012 - Present
MemberJones & Quinlisk, LLC2007 - 2012
Summer AssociatePower Rogers & Smith, PC2005 - 2006
Summer AssociateSudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff2004 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Chicago Bar Association Estate Planning CommitteeChair2012 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionMember Service Manager2012 - 2013
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionSecretary/Treasurer2011 - 2012
Wills For Heroes FoundationDirector2010 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionDirector2010 - 2011
Sigma Chi Bar AssociationFounding Member2008 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law CommitteeMember2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
"Starting and Growing Your Business", Published by the Small Business Advocacy Council and the Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionEstate Planning For The Closely Held Business2012
Trusts & EstatesExpect the Unexpected - Expanding the boundaries of traditional estate-planning documents2012
Chicago Daily Law BulletinPro Bono Program Benefits First Responders2011
Chicago Bar AssociationDrafting for Corporate Fiduciaries and Things You Need To Know About Being a Trustee2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The John Marshall Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Eastern Illinois UniversitySpeech CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association, Estate Planning CommitteeGrantor Retained Annuity Trusts - Heads I Win, Tails We Tie2014
Chicago Bar Association - Career Advancement ProgramFinding Your Practice Area2014
Women's Council of Realtors - Chicago ChapterEstate Planning - Is Your Financial Future Scaring You?2011
Chicago Bar Association, Estate Planning CommitteeThe Evolving Application of the Step Transaction Doctrine in Estate Planning2011
Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law CommitteeDrafting for Corporate Fiduciaries and Things You Need To Know About Being a Trustee2008